James Cash, Ph.D.

James Cash, Ph.D.

Special Advisor

Since the creation of his first software company in 1970, Jim has been focused on the combination of the strategic use of information technology in large scale companies and early stage companies that develop software and services for that market. He has served on eighteen public company boards (currently Walmart, GE and Chubb) and regularly advises young entrepreneurs and early-stage companies. In addition to his board work, under the umbrella of The Cash Catalyst, LLC, Jim runs personal development programs for executives in Global 500 organizations. As a Special Advisor to Highland, Jim leverages his extensive network of executive leaders to share innovative ideas with Highland entrepreneurs.

Jim is an Emeritus James E. Robison Professor and Senior Associate Dean of the Harvard Business School, where he first joined the faculty in 1976 and retired in 2003. He taught in all the major HBS programs, and served as Chairman of Baker Library, Chairman of the MBA program and Chairman of the Harvard Business School Publishing Company at various times during his tenure at the school. Among his publications are articles in accounting and information technology journals, several Harvard Business Review articles including, “Teaming Up to Crack Innovation and Enterprise Integration” (November-December 2008), "IS Redraws Competitive Boundaries" (March-April 1985) and "Information Technology and Tomorrow's Manager" (November-December 1988), several books: Building the Information-Age Organization: Structure, Control; and Information Technology with Eccles, Nohria and Nolan (Irwin), Corporate Information Systems Management: Issues Facing Senior Managers and Corporate Information Systems Management: Text and Cases with McFarlan and McKenney (Irwin), Global Electronic Wholesale Banking with Mookerjee (Graham & Trotman), and an instructional videotape, Competing Through Information Technology with Warren McFarlan (Nathan/Tyler).

Jim participates on a number of public, private and not-for-profit boards, including General Electric, Wal-Mart, Chubb, The Boston Celtics, The Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, and the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation. In the past he has served on the Boards of Microsoft, Sprint, Scientific Atlanta, State Street Corp, Alcon Labs, Knight Ridder, Tandy (renamed Radio Shack), Partners Healthcare, Mass General Hospital, The Gardner Museum and the Museum of Science.

In 1965 Jim became the first African-American to sign an athletic letter-of-intent in the Southwest Conference at Texas Christian University to play basketball, and was named an Academic All-American in basketball. Among his most recent honors and awards, his basketball number was honored at TCU and he was selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011.

Dr. Cash earned a Ph.D. MIS & Accounting from Purdue University's Krannert Graduate School of Management; a M.S., Computer Science from Purdue University's Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences; and B.S., Mathematics from Texas Christian University.

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